The Lit Whisperers

As a blogger (first time I’ve ever called myself that, weird…), one of the best things about the EM/EMS/CC blog-o-sphere is that the opportunities for new projects and collaborations are endless. Given the theme of my past few posts to this blog, you’re right to assume I’m about to announce my involvement in yet another site…

The Lit Whisperers is the brainchild of Brandon Oto, creator of EMS Basics, probably my favorite pure-EMS blog on the net. It also happens to be dedicated to the kinds of stuff accessible to all levels of emergency responders and extremely well written. It might call itself “Basics,” but the content is of extraordinary quality and you would never guess the author is “just a basic;” my words, not his.

Enough gushing. About a year ago Brandon invited me to become involved with a project he was working on called the EMS-Basics Digital Research Library. In essence, the goal was to collect a list of EMS-pertinent research and compile it in one place as the go-to place to find references on topics like Spinal Immbolization or Cardiac Arrest without having to wade through a hundred different abstracts on PubMed.

In the course of working on that we quickly realized that we wanted to discuss about the literature we were compiling but had no good platform.

Thus, The Lit Whisperers was born.

I must admit, I’ve been a horrible editor since its inception almost a year ago having just now written my first piece. I’m hoping to rectify that in the coming months but, for now, I’ve got my first post up. It’s the lead in a multi-part analysis of a recent article in Resuscitation concerning epinephrine dosing in cardiac arrest. Let me know your thoughts and if you have anything you’d like to see discussed on the site; we’re always open to suggestion.

One thought on “The Lit Whisperers

  1. Ken Grauer, MD says:

    THANK YOU for the Lit Whisperers. Below is the comment I just posted to Vince’s 1st post:
    @ Vince – Glad you got your 1st post up! – :) Highly problematic study by Warren et al that was retrospective and really without any chance of being able to “prove” what they were hoping to find out ….. Admittedly – doing controlled, randomized prospective studies in cardiac arrest is far from a simple task – but data like this (in my opinion) is worse than no “data” at all. I realize the subject of Epi use during cardiac arrest is highly controversial. I wrote up my thoughts and suggestions following release of the Hagihara JAMA study in 2012. It may be that Epi is no longer justified – BUT – to my reading, there is NOT yet any data that proves this, nor any that proves use of Epi in cardiac arrest according to current guidelines is harmful. Would be good if some good data could be obtained. In the meantime – I made a few suggestions of how one might approach the problem. My write-up from March, 2012 is at: – Input welcome.

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